Main Altar

The prominent architectural feature of the church is its Gothic arches. Multiple use of the arches in paneling, communion rail and windows lend a graceful, soaring feeling to the otherwise solid understructure. Particularly beautifule are the elongated arched windows behind the main altar, which are filled with stained glass in lovely muted colors.

The wooden tabernacle on the main altar is decorated with a trefoil design and surmounted by a crucifix rescued from the fire of 1885. Six gilded wooden candleholders, 3 1/2 feet tall and imprinted with carvings of bleeding hearts, the symbol of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, stand on the main altar. A pale aqua medallion centered with a large shape of a bleeding heart and topped with a crown of thorns, reddish purple flames and white redial arms, is attached to the front of the main altar.

Left Side Altar - Blessed Mary

Mary the Blessed Virgin - Died: 1st century
Main Feast Days
Mary Mother of God - January 1st
Assumption - August 15th
Birth of Mary - September 8th
Immaculate Conception - December 8th

The Mother of God, Mother of Jesus, wife of St. Joseph, and the greatest of all Christian saints. The Virgin Mother "was, after her Son, exalted by divine grace above all angels and men".

Hail, Mary full of Grace
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary,
Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now,
and at the hour of our death.

Right Side Altar - Saint Joseph

 Saint Joseph
Feast Days
Joseph the husband of Mary: March 19, 
Joseph the worker : May 1st 
Patron Saint of the Universal Church, Fatherhood, Families, Carpenters and of Departing Souls and many others.

Husband of the Virgin Mary and the earthly father of Jesus Christ.

Oh, St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God. I place in you all my interests and desires.
Oh, St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession, and obtain for me from your devine Son all spiritual blessings, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. So that, having engaged here below your heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers.

Oh, St. Joseph, I never weary of contemplating you, and Jesus asleep in your arms; I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine head for me and ask him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath.
St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls - Pray for me.

This prayer was found in the fiftienth year of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In 1505 it was sent from the Pope to Emperor Charles when he was going into battle. Whoever shall read this prayer or hear it or keep it about themselves, shall never die a sudden death, or be drowned, not shall posion take effect of them; neither shall they fall into the hands of the enemy; or shall be burned in any fire, or shall be overpowered in battle.

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